With this year’s celebration of the end of Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr, coming just a day before the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11, and with Islamophobia rising in the U.S., JCUA’s Jane Ramsey and other leaders say now is the time to stand together in solidarity with Muslims and let it be known that intolerance cannot be tolerated.
At the Sept. 10 Eid Al-Fitr celebration at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., Ramsey and other community leaders had a chance to share their thoughts with more than 10,000 members of the Muslim community.
“We must together ensure that our America rejects intolerance,” said Ramsey. America, she said, must instead be marked “by its celebration of its vibrant religious, racial and ethnic communities.”
Ramsey’s complete remarks
I am honored to join you on the occasion of Eid and bring our warmest greetings on behalf of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, as we and Jews around the world today celebrate Rosh Hashanah, one of our High Holy days, and the Jewish New Year.
As is so often the case, important Muslim and Jewish holidays coincide, only one of many ways that our Muslim and Jewish traditions are closely aligned. I am here today, too, to reaffirm our support for the Park51 Community Center. The center can be a model and a beacon for building interfaith understanding.
The bitter debate around the center feeds off and fuels deeply disturbing Islamophobic expressions increasingly heard in this country, a nation whose very foundation is built upon religious freedom. Also, it does not escape us that wherever intolerance for one religious minority or group is allowed to thrive, all are at risk.
As we join you for Eid, we affirm our solidarity and our commitment to battle Islamophobia and the dangerous rising tide of all forms of religious and racial intolerance in our country. We can, we must together ensure that our America rejects all intolerance and is an America defined instead by its celebration of its vibrant religious, racial and ethnic communities.
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